Behind the Mic: Aniel Roderickz and Cassidy Ta

Aniel and Cassidy in the SDSU Student Union.

Mondays can be difficult to get through, but KCR aims to alleviate some of that stress with its show lineup, including “Sleepy Solarium,” which airs in the afternoon from 1 to 2. I joined the hosts, Aniel Roderickz and Cassidy Ta, for an interview to see what voices were behind the mic.

Aniel, a senior at SDSU, said that he started “Sleepy Solarium” a couple semesters ago, and primarily played indie rock and alternative. The music playlist has since changed, according to both Cassidy and Aniel. This semester, you can expect to hear a variety of pop, EDM, hip hop and more. Aniel said that he doesn’t necessarily build a playlist for each show. Instead, he spontaneously selects songs while on air. Friends of both Aniel and Cassidy influence which songs are played, as they frequently submit song requests.

When I asked what made their show unique, both hosts had answers for me. Cassidy explained that she does a segment in which she reacts to different music videos, most recently The xx’s video for “On Hold.” Reaction videos, a trend on YouTube, prove to be entertaining; Cassidy brings the trend to KCR’s airwaves. Aniel mentioned that he features a song of the week on every show. Additionally, the two notify listeners of local shows, providing details such as the lineups, venue and prices.

Aniel said that “feeding music to people’s ears” is his favorite part of hosting the show. He explained that having a show allows his friends to experience the music that he likes and recommends. He expressed that “Sleepy Solarium” is a relaxed hour, which I bet many could use on a Monday.

Cassidy, a sophomore and business management major, mentioned that she is the Director of Sponsorships for the Aztec Music Group, a student organization that connects music and business. Aztec Music Group hosts an annual silent disco in Montezuma Hall and is having an “Entertainment Industry Panel” on Feb. 23rd. More details can be found on AMG’s Facebook page

In his fourth semester with KCR, Aniel, an MIS (management information systems) major, shares his personal connection to music. He said that he recently just filled in on the drums at a show for Hand Drawn Tree, an indie alternative band from Chula Vista, CA. Sempra Sol is Aniel’s own indietronica band. Aniel says he writes and produces all of the music, and sings and plays guitar for the band.

You can listen to Aniel and Cassidy on their show, “Sleepy Solarium,” every Monday at 1 p.m. on KCR College Radio.

In addition, you can find your favorite DJs on our KCR schedule.

Featured Image: Aniel Roderickz and Cassidy Ta play a variety of music on their show, which nearly every listener can appreciate. Photo by Sumner Shorey.

Foreign Gems: France

France. The country known as the city of love and for the Eiffel Tower, eating snails, and baguettes. What you may not know about France is that it is an incubator for unique musicians and bands whose songs are chalk full of creativity.

Without further ado, below is a list of songs that I am sure you will enjoy.

Nous Étions Deux // La Femme


La Femme is definitely high on my list of the most eccentric bands. They’re a psych-punk band and have created many catchy hits to aggressively dance and bob your head to. I was lucky enough to see them at “Beach Goth 2016,” and let me tell you, us U.S. folks were not worthy of their godly performance.


Le Temps De L’amour // Francoise Hardy

A classic to those who have watched Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Le Temps De L’amour” has been the theme song to all of our youthful romances. Francoise Hardy’s music is incredibly soothing to the ear, so I suggest listening to all her songs while you’re studying.


L’amour À Trois // Stereo Total

I admit, this song is a little weird and has some questionable noises in it… but it works, doesn’t it? Technically, Stereo Total is a German-French band. If you’re into quirky electro-pop, this is the band for you!


Je Suis Malade // Lara Fabian

This is my GO-TO song if I want to feel dramatic and drown in my sorrows. “Je Suis Malade,” is a powerful song written by Fabian about heartbreak. Fabian’s song truly makes me want to break out into an overly dramatic contemporary dance.


Anyways, that’s all I have for today! Next week I’ll be highlighting some foreign gems from Japan!


Ashley Bajet,

Signing out.

In the Closet of: Alexis Jimenez

Meet Alexis:

From Seattle, Washington, Alexis Jimenez is currently a freshman here at SDSU studying international business with an emphasis in both Western European studies and French. On campus, she’s involved with the International Business Society. Alexis likes to start her day by drinking green tea every morning, and she dislikes fruit (fruit smoothies are the exception). Frank Ocean, Khalid, and dvsn are her most played artists on Spotify. In the future, Alexis aspires to be an international fashion buyer or a retail product manager. 

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Topshop, Zara, Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Revolve, and Reformation. All of those stores have a variety of styles, and I like to be creative with what I wear. Whether it’s comfy or formal, I always like to be up-to-trend. I like looking for little, random boutiques, too, because you always find the best things in the places you least expect. That’s why I love thrift shopping.

When you start your day, how do you decide what to wear?

My mood. But, I like to be productive throughout the day, so that always inspires me to look and feel my best. When I dress lazy, I feel lazy.

Out of your closet, what is one item you could never retire?

My ripped jeans from Zara. They’re called “cigarette jeans,” and I want everyone to go get a pair. You can wear them with anything! I dress them up with a cardigan and booties, or dress them down with a baggy t-shirt and sneakers. I like my clothes to be versatile.

If you could swap closets with someone for a day, who would it be?

My cousin, Vanessa. She has a mixture of high-end things and thrift store and vintage finds, and she knows how to piece everything together. She owns a little bit of everything – I love that.

This week is New York Fashion Week. What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s outfits and the new collections designers are showing. I love seeing all the models, celebrities and bloggers, and what they’re going to wear to the shows. I think the hype surrounding fashion week is the funnest part because you’ll see everyone post pictures and videos of themselves getting reading and pulling up to the shows, and even sneak peeks of what the venues and outfits look like. 

If you could see any show during fashion week, who would you want to see?

Alexander Wang (@alexanderwangny) is my favorite. His collections always resemble street style – it’s casual. He does a lot of black, but everything always looks chic. His collections are simple, yet sophisticated. It’s the same with Zadig & Voltaire (@zadigetvoltaire). They have amazing shoes and bags, and they have a lot of fun details. They’re also a good mix of street style and high fashion.

New York Fashion Week is a big week for fashion bloggers and capturing street style. Who are your favorite fashion bloggers?

Rocky Barnes (@rocky_barnes) and Aimee Song (@songofstyle). They each have a different look to them, and they’re always wearing color and switching up their styles. I think they have the best street style – classy, casual and a whole lot of chic! I love how you can see their personalities through the way they dress, and they pick the most beautiful backdrops to shoot [photographs of] their OOTDs (Outfit Of The Day) with. Rocky and Aimee are both independent, confident women who work for themselves, which is why I really look up to them.

What is your favorite trend that you’ve seen during fashion week?

Embroidered leather jackets. They always add a pop of sass to any outfit, which definitely matches my level of sass. I love how they give any outfit that finishing touch, and they make a statement no matter what you wear and wherever you go. 

What is something you would like everyone to know?

I always have a huge smile on my face, which can scare some people, but I just like to stay positive and enthusiastic.  I’m very passionate about volunteer work and working with children with special needs. Whether it’s doing a random act of kindness or volunteer work, you have the opportunity to impact the world and the people around you. Always start your day on a good note. I do that by always trying to be the best version of myself.

Featured Image by Sabrina Kim. 

Pierce the Veil Drops “Floral and Fading” Music Video

Pierce the Veil is a local metalcore band known for their heavy guitar riffs, on-point live vocals, and electric stage presence. Besides their hard-hitting songs, their quirky disposition on stage and in person also make them memorable. The band’s newly released music video for their song “Floral and Fading” creatively shows off how personable and charming this band really is.
The video begins at a bowling alley in the ’70s, as Pierce the Veil is prepping for their performance. The stage is inconveniently set in the middle of the alley, and the band is awkwardly adorned in floral shirts, pleated pants, sweater vests and wigs.
As Jaime Perciado’s groovy bass line and Mike Fuentes’ steady rhythm lead in the song, Vic Fuentes’ vocals attract a crowd of confused yet intrigued people. Then, Tony Perry’s fuzzy guitar tone comes in, tying the instruments together and getting the crowd moving. The night is going well; slow dancers move to the music and bassist Jaime even receives a brazier as a heartfelt gift from a fan. However, as the song reaches a crescendo, a fight breaks out.
To start off, two boys get into a tussle. Then, more people join in, turning the fight into a mosh pit. The song soon arrives at its climax. Tony Perry surfs the crowd and delivers a stellar guitar solo as the mosh pit intensifies. A lone couple, on the other hand, passionately kisses in the back of a car.
The bowling alley manager passes his (tolerance) limit and tries to shut the place down, to no avail. People bring out their lighters and someone pulls the fire alarm, starting the performance back up. Pierce the Veil, drowned in red lights and passion, start breaking and bashing their instruments and amps. Ultimately, even Fuentes’ vocals become more desperate, as he sings about making a getaway with his lover from life and its negativity.
This music video turned out to be one big cliche, and I loved it. Although Pierce the Veil is known as a middle school “emo” band, they will always have my support, especially when they produce music as amazing as “Floral and Fading.” This sweet, cliche music video is just an added bonus.


DJ Ricky P